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The right place at the right time

Have you ever wonder how some people seem to have all the luck in the world? Whether or not you believe in luck ( I don’t), there’s still something to be said for being in the right place at exactly the right time. That for me is what being lucky means.

You were just walking down the street, doing your own thing, minding your own business, and lo and behold, a lottery ticket came flying down your way. And yes, it’s the winning ticket of the day! You’re suddenly a millionaire. Is that great, or what? Lucky?

That does seem what most people view as lucky, but you should also try to see another scenario. It’s quite simple, actually: a person has financial intelligence, worked hard AND worked smart for a period of time, networked his way in the industry, learned from the best mentors, didn’t fear failures, and then he succeeded. Simple, right?

I’m sure the same thing will be heard from people: “He’s so lucky! He succeeded!”

Well, not quite. Your “good luck”, as well as the luck enjoyed by most successful people, can be attributed to the combined force of three simple things:

It takes action and constant practice.

Ask any professional athlete about a shining moment in their years of experience and they’ll tell you that “luck” came only after long hours of practice. The best players in the Olympic games succeeded after years of doing nothing but preparing for that single day event. How about you? I’m sure you’ve read millions of words before arriving at this article. Don’t you just consider yourself lucky? But see, you had to do something first. You looked for this article. You did the works, that’s why you arrived to where you wanted to be.

Persistence

One sad truth of existence is that most people give up long before they should—and just right before they would have arrived at success. Being in the right place at the right time involves being in a lot of places at a lot of times! You’ve heard that luck favors the well-prepared but have you also heard that “luck” does favor the persistent? Every successful—or okay, “lucky” person I know has come very close to giving up many times. They’ve looked failure directly in the eyes and ALMOST gave up, but they said, “Not yet. Just one more.” Sure, they experienced many failures, but they never stopped trying. They never gave up.

Be where the action is.

The people you think of as lucky often put a lot of effort into being near as many pertinent opportunities as possible. Be in the know. Go where things are happening. Go where you want to be in the future. Have the necessary skill to succeed and be always present so that when the right time comes, you’ll be there to have it. You can put yourself in the right place at the right time more often by identifying an area in which you have the necessary skills and knowledge to capitalize on sudden opportunities.

So is it luck? Who knows? What’s important is that you achieved what you want to achieve and got what you’ve always wanted.

Your thoughts

What about you? What for you is luck? Do you believe in luck? What do you like to add?

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Stephen NellasStephen is part of the Software Jewel team, the company behind Clutterpad and BiP. He's also a regular author for BiP.View all posts by Stephen Nellas →